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53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup kicks off with Opening Ceremonies

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A colorful opening ceremonies in and outside Bol 300 featuring cultural presentation and welcome speeches kicked off the 53nd edition of the prestigious QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Sunday afternoon in Hermosillo, Mexico.

Luis Javier Iserte and tournament director Bernard Gibbons (right, l-r), who emceed the ceremonies, welcomed everyone to the opening ceremonies, especially a number of VIP guests, who attended the opening ceremonies: Rogelio Diaz Brown Ramsburgh, Secretary of Social Development and representing the Governor of Sonora, Claudia Pavlovich Arellano; Eduardo Lemmen Meyer Gonzalez representing the Mayor of Hermosillo, Manuel Ignacio Acosta Gutierrez; Martin Faba Castro, President of the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON); Jay Buhl, Vice President QubicaAMF Worldwide; Dr. Jose Amado Aguilar Argüelles, President of the Confederación Deportiva Mexicana; Isaac Amkie, Vice President of the Mexican Bowling Federation; Dr. Jose Luis Martinez Duran, President of the Bowling Association of Sonora; Anne-Marie Board, QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup and Marketing Manager; and Daniel Ivan Gutierrez Lopez, director general of Bowl 300.

The one-hour show began with the traditional march-in of the 120 athletes from 70 countries, 66 men and 54 women. The march-in was led by the two perpetual trophies, the national flag of Mexico and the flags of World Bowling and QubicaAMF, all carried by members of the host family, Gutierrez, and his partner (right).

At the end of the parade, Maribel Orozco and Arturo Estrada (below right), representing the host country, marched in and accompanied by the national anthem, sung a capella, the national flag rose.

In the tradition of the Olympic Games, Orozco took the oath on behalf of the players, while Dr. Martinez took the oath on behalf of the officials.

The MC then introduced the speakers, Eduardo Lemmen Meyer, Daniel Gutierrez, Jay Buhl, Martin Faba and Regolio Diaz Brown. On behalf of the Governor of Sonora, Claudia Pavlovich Arellano, Regolio Diaz Brown (left) declared the 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup on officially open.

Bernard Gibbons then closed the ceremonies and invited everybody to the welcome reception, which began outside the bowling center with a national culture show and concluded with local food and beverages served inside Bol 300.

Earlier on Sunday, all players took to the 32 lanes at Bol 300 for the official practice. Real action starts on Monday morning at 10 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) with the first of four six-game qualifying blocks.

Bowlingdigital will provide onsite coverage of the 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Hermosillo including reports, photos and results after each round commencing with the first round of qualifying on Monday, Nov. 6, all the way through to the finals on Saturday, Nov. 11, completed in the afternoon.

The 53rd edition of the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will be held from Nov. 4-12 at Bol 300 in Hermosillo, Mexico.

All competitors will bowl 24 qualifying games over four days before the field is cut to the top 24 for eight additional games. The 32-game pinfall totals will determine the 8 players who advance to eight games round-robin match-play (30 pins for each win, 15 for a tie).

The top 4 players with highest 40-game total including bonus pins will advance to the playoffs. There will be a one-game knockout match with the No. 1 seed versus the No. 4 qualifier and No. 2 versus No. 3. The winners of each match will earn a spot in the championship game.

Photos by Hero Noda.

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